Would you like to rescue a puppy from the local pound? Or are you interested in buying from a breeder? No matter what kind of dog you want, he can give you lots of love. But, you have to be responsible as well, which is why you should read the whole article that follows.

Your dog needs annual medical exams. Since your dog can’t speak, it may be difficult to know when he is having health issues. Regular checkups will assure these issues are caught before they turn into something big.

TIP! Your lifestyle can help determine what dog breed is a good match for you. If you are a hunter for example, perhaps a retriever is the dog for you.

If you’re on any kind of medication, even if it’s over-the-counter, you need to keep it away from your dog. Even if the dog were to eat a couple of pills, it could have very life threatening effects. If your dog eats your medication, see a vet right away.

Cheap Dog

Don’t buy cheap dog food. Cheap dog food usually includes fillers (such as corn or soybeans) which are not appropriate for dogs. It may also contain poor quality ingredients which may hurt your dog’s health over time. You should contact an animal advocacy group or a consumer awareness program to get some recommendations for quality dog foods. Your dog will be in better health when he has high quality food.

TIP! Don’t ever give your dog bones. Real bones can chip and splinter, this can cause your dog to choke and wreak havoc on his digestive tract.

You won’t just stop your dog from shedding on your carpet if you brush him on a daily basis. Brushing your pup daily will help make their coat shiny. Oil is distributed as you brush their hair, which keeps both fur and skin healthy.

If you want to get a pet from a shelter, find a vet who can examine your new dog. A shelter is often a haven for kennel cough and other diseases. You should also get your dog all of his shots before bringing him into your home.

Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise. Your dog has to be worked out to stay happy and healthy. Whether you decide to take the dog for a walk or if you’re just playing fetch, it will benefit both of you. Not only will your canine buddy get the stimulation required for staying healthy, the two of you will bond much more closely.

TIP! Do not force your dog to do anything. Some dogs won’t love all treats, and you shouldn’t push your dog to like something.

Providing foster care for a homeless dog can be a great way to see if you are suited to care for a dog. Shelters are full of animals who need a loving home, and there’s not room to hold all of them. Not only will you be helping a dog in need, but it will help you figure out if you would like to become a dog owner.

Trim the hair around your dog’s paws to prevent it from getting matted up. A comb should be used first to straighten it before you do any cutting. If you’re too scared, take him to the groomer instead.

If your pup seems lonely by itself, consider getting another dog. Dogs are, after all, pack animals; they usually like company that is like them. Ensure you carefully select your dog’s match based on behavior and energy levels. By doing this, both of your dogs will be happy.

TIP! Nip bad behavior in the bud. If you ignore it, you are going to make the problem harder to contain, and you aren’t sure what the result of bad behavior will ultimately be.

You should now be aware of what needs to be done to give your dog the best care, so you can bring your new pooch home now. Don’t stop your research here, as dog ownership details are updated frequently online. You may want to look for a forum of other dog owners to share and learn information. Never stop learning.